Halloween is just around the corner and candy has been flying off the shelves for weeks now. However, even though candy is a huge part of Halloween these days, we have some tips on how to create a healthier Halloween for you and your family.
Planning on hosting a Halloween party? Try integrating fruits and veggies into your snack list. People can’t resist eating something that is creative and cute. Use a sharpie and draw faces on clementines’ to make yourself some little Jack o lanterns. Take some pretzel sticks and place them into half a cheese stick. Then pull some of the cheese stick apart at the ends and now you have tiny broomsticks! Dip some strawberries in white chocolate and use tiny chocolate chips to create a face. Now you have ghosts for dessert! There are such easy and creative tricks to have some healthier snacks at your party. See some more creations that will bring a smile to both adults and kids faces here.
Trick or treaters do not just have to walk away with a bag full of candy. Nowadays there are several kids that have severe food allergies so not only will these ideas be food allergy safe but they will also be a healthy alternative to all the other candy they will be getting.
Here are some ideas of non-food items that could make a great alternative to candy on Halloween:
- Sunglasses with animal print on them
- Glow in the dark bracelets
- Bouncy balls
- Temporary tattoos
- Mini containers of play-dough
- Fake teeth
- Check out more ideas here
Make it a challenge to provide at least one healthy option for you trick or treaters this Halloween. Even if the kids may not love it over candy, their parents will sure thank you for it later!
Feature photo by Thad Zajdowicz
Last Halloween we wrote about fun and healthy alternatives to give to trick-or-treaters. This year, I have a few more fun ideas to add to the list. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about all you candy lovers out there. I have some tips to follow for healthier sweets.
In the past, my family has opted for Milky Ways and Kit-Kat bars for treats. This Halloween we are trying something new by switching sugary sweets for toys. A few of my families’ giveaways are going to be:
- Glow sticks/necklaces
- Play Dough
The glow sticks are not only fun to wear, they help others see the kids in the dark.
Now for the sweet part…candy!
Not all candy is created equal and you can have healthier options for treats without the kids even noticing! Some healthier options for Halloween treats are:
- Swap dark chocolate for milk chocolate
- Give mini versions of your favorite sweets instead of ‘King’ size candy bars
- Sugar free gum or mints
Now you’re ready for a happy and healthy Halloween! Feel free to share some of your favorite goodies with me below.
Feature photo byEmbajada de los Estados
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